October 2009
    Christopher L. Klein, 15, of Poplar Bluff entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 in Poplar Bluff.      
    Christopher  was born on Jan. 30, 1994 in Rolla.  He was a sophomore at Poplar Bluff Senior High.  
He enjoyed riding his bike and playing basketball.
    Survivors include his parents, Jacob and Tracey Klein of Poplar Bluff; one brother, Devon Klein of
Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Mariah Klein and Gabriel Klein, both of Poplar Bluff and his grandparents, Bill
and Linda Brennan of Cuba and David and Mary Klein, Sr. of Gerald.
Christopher Klein
Frances L. Smith, 86, a lifetime resident of Poplar Bluff, passed away October 10, 2009 at her
residence.                                        
Mrs. Smith was born September 30, 1923 in Poplar Bluff. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking
care of her family and cooking. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.                 
On July 31, 1942 she married Burren F. Smith in Poplar Bluff.  He preceded her in death on June 29,
1999.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Erna Johnson.                                                           
Survivors include three sons, Paul F. Smith and Charles E. Smith both of Poplar Bluff and George A.
Smith of Cape Girardeau; one daughter Sharon Gingery of Poplar Bluff; three sisters, Esther Burns of
Beagle, Kan, Dorothy Massey of Poplar Bluff, and Elizabeth Johnson of Cape Girardeau; nine
grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Frances Smith
Rex Allen Henson, 86, of Poplar Bluff entered into rest Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at Southeast Missouri
Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Poplar Bluff to Matthew W. Henson and Ivah Sanders Henson.
He and Myra Lee Tinsley were married June 2, 1946 at Poplar Bluff. He was a member of First Baptist
Church in Poplar Bluff. He attended Mark Twain Grade School and Marble Hill School in the county
before entering Poplar Bluff High School and graduated in 1939. He completed two years of study at
Southeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Southeast Missouri State University) before a brief
stint in Officer Candidate School (OCS) in the U.S. Marine Corps at Notre Dame University.
He returned to Poplar Bluff to clerk in the Henson & Henson Law Firm with his father and uncle. He
worked in the family firm and studied for the bar until licensed on April 10, 1948. He was later joined
in the firm with his brother, John D. Henson and continued the Henson & Henson firm until his
election to the bench in 1966. In his final years of practice, he's believed to be the last practicing
attorney that did not attend law school. April 10, 2009, marked his 61st year as a licensed attorney.
He was elected Butler County Prosecuting Attorney and served from 1950 to 1956. Also elected Circuit
Judge for the 36th Judicial Circuit (Butler and Ripley Counties) from 1967 through 1991. He served as
a Taft delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1952 in Chicago. In 1991 he joined the
Edmundson Law Firm where he worked for 15 plus years.
In his younger years, Mr. Henson was an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing, and was a dedicated historian of his family's
genealogy. He was always a consummate story teller of his experiences, his wit and character were spellbinding. But his true joy
came from family, cooking, and visiting with friends.
Survivors include his wife, Myra Lee Henson of Poplar Bluff; two sons, Mark Henson and wife, Beverly, of Poplar Bluff, and
Matt Henson and wife, Patti, of Cape Girardeau; three daughters: Jane Henson Bishop of Sevierville, Tenn., Nancy Henson Kopp
and husband, Jacob, of New Hope, Pa., and Cindy Henson Woodruff and husband, Keith, of Kirkwood; one brother, John D.
Henson and wife, Billie of Sweetwater, Tenn., one brother-in-law, Lee Bryan of Poplar Bluff; nine grandchildren, Lance Henson
and wife, Melanie, Kristie Lepold and husband, Jeff, Johanna Bishop, Sarah Bishop, Luke Henson, Rachel Henson, Laura Henson,
John Woodruff, and Katherine Woodruff; four great-grandchildren, Carlen Marie Lepold, Alexis Grace Lepold, Colton Robert
Henson, and Wyatt Mark Henson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bernita Bryan; and a son-in-law, Doug Bishop.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff with Rev. John Harwell officiating.
Private family burial will be at Poplar Bluff City Cemetery in Poplar Bluff.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Rex A. Henson Memorial Fund in care of the Poplar Bluff School
Foundation, 1110 N. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63901 or the charity of your choice.
Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com
 Thomas L. Cates, 81, of Poplar Bluff died on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at the Mark Twain Caring
Center.
 Mr. Cates was born on Feb. 29, 1928 in Acorn.  He was a city policeman and a veteran of the Army
Air Corps having served in WWII.  He was a long time resident of Poplar Bluff and a member of the
Palace of Praise Church.  He enjoyed fishing.
 On Oct. 5, 2005 he married Shelby Holloman in Arkansas.  She survives.
 Other survivors include one son, Robert Cates of Davis Junction, Ill; two daughters, Sandra
Woodham of Poplar Bluff and Debra Moriarity-Cates of Davis Junction; one brother, Joey Cates of
Bowling Green, Ky; one sister, Hassel Elliott of French Village; eight grandchildren; 15 great
grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Thomas Cates
  Virginia L. Kingery, 86 of Poplar Bluff, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 at her residence.
  Mrs. Kingery was born June 16, 1923 in Poplar Bluff.  She was a lifetime resident of Poplar Bluff.  
She enjoyed scrapbooking and was of the baptist faith.
  On May 4, 1940 she married Arch Glen Kingery.  He preceded her in death on January 28, 2004.
  Survivors include; one son, Bill Kingery of Poplar Bluff; one daughter, Mildred McCulley of Poplar
Bluff; one brother, Alfred Hanna of Rockford, Ill.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Virginia Kingery
Mary Lou McKenzie
  Mary Lou McKenzie, 83 a lifetime resident of Poplar Bluff died on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009 at her residence.
  Mrs. McKenzie was born on Dec. 20, 1925 in Poplar Bluff.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
  Survivors include one son, James Isaac of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Betty Carver of Poplar Bluff; three grandchildren and
seven great grandchildren.
Sherry Jo Shelvy, 56, of Poplar Bluff died on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 at her residence.
Ms. Shelvy was born on Dec. 4, 1952 in Lexona, Ark.  She was a waitress.
Survivors include one son, Michael Shelvy of Illinois; three daughters, Pam Alroubaie of Nixa,
Angelia Allen of Poplar Bluff and Francis Shelvy of St. Claire, Mo; three brothers, Harold Bryeans of
Branson, Scott Bryeans and John Bryeans, Jr., both of Poplar Bluff; one sister, Beth Schaeffer of
Rolla; eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Sherry Jo Shelvy
    Jeremiah J. Klein, 16, of Poplar Bluff entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 in Poplar Bluff.    
    Jeremiah was born on Feb. 19, 1993 in Rolla.  He was a junior at Poplar Bluff Senior High.  He
enjoyed fishing and playing basketball.
    Survivors include his parents, Jacob and Tracey Klein of Poplar Bluff; one brother, Devon Klein of
Poplar Bluff; two sisters, Mariah Klein and Gabriel Klein, both of Poplar Bluff and his grandparents, Bill
and Linda Brennan of Cuba and David and Mary Klein, Sr. of Gerald.
Jeremiah Klein